Victory Home Is Hoping To Expand Its Services
Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) A local non–profit is hoping to expand its services in the Magic Valley.
The Victory Home’s mission is to transform crime and drug infested neighborhoods through the gospel of Jesus Christ.
If all goes according to plan, they could soon be moving into a new facility that will help them in their quest.
For many of these men, the Victory Home is family.
"The whole purpose of the home is to have a family structure," said Roy Araiza, Victory Home graduate.
Pastor Tony Lopez opened the home four years ago as a faith–based spiritual growth center for men and women struggling with homelessness, addictions, habits and hang–ups.
"A lot of them have grown up in dysfunctional homes, you know a lot of them have grown up in gangs or drugs or things like that. And, so we teach them the essence of how to live life," said Pastor Tony Lopez, Victory Home.
Lopez, an ex–convict and former drug addict, says it was through the teachings of Jesus Christ that he was able to turn his life around.
Now his mission is to help others in need, and that growing need in our community has him looking for a larger building.
"There is gang activity, there's drug activity, there's things that are going on that is our aim. And, there's homelessness. That is our aim, to offer hope and also gang prevention for the youth,” said Lopez.
The Victory House recently filed a special use permit for this 24,000 square foot building on Shoup Avenue West. They're hoping they be able to provide a hand up to more people in our community.
"We're trying to offer a hand up and not a hand out. So, the new place will offer a 24 hour homeless shelter for people,” said Lopez.
Right now the facility houses 16 people.
If they're able to acquire the new space, they'll have 112 beds, allowing them to offer short term housing for the homeless and those coming down from drug highs.
The Victory Home offers a variety of programs that last anywhere from three months to one year.
All of which focus on awareness, social skills, accountability and everyday living and discipline.
In the hopes of teaching the men and women the skills they need to integrate back into society as productive citizens.